CountDown to daytona: 53

January 02, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 53 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 53.

The number of years that since Wood Brothers Racing posted its first victory in what is now NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Speedy Thompson and team owner Glen Wood combined for five wins in 1960 for NASCAR’s most venerable active organization. All told, the Wood Brothers, who have competed at NASCAR’s highest level since 1953, have recorded 98 Cup victories, the most recent coming in the 2011 Daytona 500, when Trevor Bayne pulled off a shocker in the vaunted No. 21 Ford.